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YouTuber Reports Over 20 Overnight Campers at “The Walmart RV Park”

YouTuber Reports Over 20 Overnight Campers at “The Walmart RV Park”

Give them an inch, and they’ll take a mile. RVers can’t get enough of free camping at Walmarts across the USA.

This morning a YouTuber documented the situation on her cell phone and posted the video on YouTube.

Called Grass Roots Living on the video platform, she says, “It’s not even 6 o’clock in the morning yet, but I had to bring you outside to show you the Walmart parking lot.”

She continues, “I came out this morning and counted – and I know I can’t even see them all – I counted 20 RVs. I’m not even counting the big rigs that are here.”

However, Grass Roots Living didn’t mind the crowd.

In fact, they said they felt safe because of the numerous RVs.

Looks Like Celebs Overnight at Walmart, Too

Both Kristin Bell & Jimmy Kimmel are fans of parking overnight at Walmart. Even multimillionaires enjoy the simple things in life…like waking up at Walmart.

Bell says, “You can just go camp in the parking lot.”

This can’t be good for the future of Walmart overnight parking!

By the way: This celebrity exchange was also when Jimmy Kimmel totally ripped on the quality of his brand new RV.

Despite what Kristen Bell says, camping at Walmart is no good. We believe overnight RV parking is ok at Walmart…if you follow these rules.

What’s The Walmart Corporate Take on Overnight RV Parking?

Here’s what they have to say on an FAQ point asking “Can I park my RV at a Walmart store?”: 

“While we do not offer electrical service or accommodations typically necessary for RV customers, Walmart values RV travelers and considers them among our best customers. Consequently, we do permit RV parking on our store parking lots as we are able.

Permission to park is extended by individual store managers, based on availability of parking space and local laws. Please contact management in each store to ensure accommodations before parking your RV.”

There you have it, straight from the Walmart Corporate website. Walmart as a corporation leaves the decision up to local store management teams and local laws. 

Why Stores Across The Country Are Banning Overnight RV Parking

With the recent announcement about Cabelas rolling up the welcome mat for RVers and more and more Walmart stores banning overnight parking, one has to wonder: Why are so many stores banning RVers? 

The answer here is pretty simple: abuse of the privelege. 

Redditor DudeWithAMood12 hit the nail on the head with this quote: 

“People don’t value anything free. Others have ruined it for everyone.” 

This is why stores are banning overnight RV parking: a few bad apples have ruined it for everyone. 

Free parking at public places is a privilege that shouldn’t be taken lightly, and unfortunately it’s abused by most people. 

Walmart camping is a great overnight option, but these rules are essential to follow.

Rules and Etiquette for Boondocking At Walmart

There are some general unwritten rules about boondocking at Walmart. While they are unwritten, they should always be followed. 

Being respectful about your stay and following these general rules will help keep these overnight parking options available for all travelers. 

You know the saying “one person can ruin it for everyone” – don’t be that person. 

Never fully set up camp. Walmart parking lots are for sleeping only – no setting up your camp chairs, rugs, or grills. 

Avoid using your RV’s jacks if possible. They can cause dents in the asphalt of the parking lot. 

The slide debate. There is much debate about whether or not you should fully extend your slides while “Wallydocking”. Some RVers can’t access their bedroom or bathrooms without them, so this is up to you. 

Don’t overstay. It’s customary to arrive in the evening or at night and leave early in the morning. Some stores will ask you to leave by 8am. Never stay more than one night in a row at any store!

Patronize the store. Although overnight parking at Walmart is free, it’s a good gesture to purchase something during your stay. 

Leave it better than you found it. This should go without saying but: don’t litter. Don’t let your tanks leak on the lot. Don’t leave anything behind when you go, not even food scraps or waste water. 

Overnight RV Parking Spaces Disappearing Right Before Our Eyes

We’ve seen a bigger influx of new RVers hit the road over the last couple of years than in many years prior. And with the influx of new RVers comes the consequences, like losing some of our favorite free overnight parking spots. 

From popular BLM and public land boondocking sites being shut down to private parking lots around the nation banning RVers, we’re seeing more and more camping bans almost every month. 

With more people continuing to hit the road without much preparation, it doesn’t look like this trend will slow down anytime soon. 

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  1. Nan says:

    Only 20? That woman has never been through Fort Stockton, Texas. We overnighted there last year at the Walmart. Campendium advises getting there early because the lot fills fast. Turned out to be an understatement. By morning the parking lot bore a strong resemblance to an RV dealer’s lot. People did pay attention to the rules, e.g., parking around the edges of the lot as far away from the entrances to the store as possible, but it still got pretty crowded.

  2. M Bruce Parker says:

    Off subject of WalMart: the New York Times Style section 8 August 2021 included a spread on page 10 of trailer wedding chapels and honeymoon lodges. Fun, sort of. BParker

  3. Silas Longshot says:

    Any free perk from WalMart or anywhere else will eventually go away because of morons screwing it up for everyone else. Trashing the lot, putting out the awning, the chairs, even the portable fire ring or dumping your grey tank is NOT going to go well with the management OR the city authorities who love to boss people around with the slightest excuse to do so. You pizz off the city goobers and they’ll slap down an ordinance against all overnight parking quick as they can write one up.

  4. L. Walters says:

    Did you notice how many RV’s at that Walmart had parked across many parking spots, looked like most were parked very badly.